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questions. a special edition of "nightline: syria, a dictator speaks," begins right now. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," december 7th, 2011. >> good evening, i'm bill weir. and tonight, we bring you a special edition of "nightline." in a major network exclusive, abc's barbara wealters is just back from another arab country seemingly on the brink of overtloug another dictator. syria. barbara is the first allowed access to the country since a nine-month-old revolution began. she was invited there to conduct an extraordinary interview with the embattled syrian president, bashar al assad, accused of a brutal crackdown that's taken at least 4,000 lives. barbara, welcome home. >> thank you. >> reporter: you sat with saddam hussein, mubarak, gadhafi. how does this man compare? >> very different. he's not a wild, crazy person, at least that's the way gadhafi seemed to us. he is kaup. he is soft spoken. he is articulate. he speaks very good english. there were no ground ru
arrested again on 12 new charges. inside syria-- charissa ward takes us to an underground hospital where rebels, wounded by assad's army, are treated in secret. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. no white house has ever overruled a safety recommendation we the food and drug administration but it happened today. the question was whether the morning after pill, an emergency contraceptive, should be available over the counter to girls 16 and under. today, the f.d.a. was ready to say yes but the president's secretary of health and human services said no. wyatt andrews has our story. >> reporter: for five years, plan b, the emergency contraception drug, has only been sold without a prescription to women 17 and older. the issue is should that be changed? and the drug made available with no prescription to younger girls. when the f.d.a. looked at safety studies, it said yes. but it was directly overruled by kathleen sebelius, the secretary of health and human services. her denial stunned many public health proponents. >> i am f
tensions in syria with a surprising denial of president assad that he ordered a deadly crackdown on protesters. >> brown: and censer michels reports on the discovery of a so called goldilocks planet. not too hold, not too cold, maybe just right to support life. >> it will be hard to learn too much more about the potentially habitable planets any time soon since it's 600 light years away. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's naur. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the secretary of health and human services has waded into the politically charged issue of birth control for younger girls. in a very pub
the revolution in syria. since march, protesters have been trying to overthrow the 40-year dictatorship of the assad family. the u.n. estimates that 4,000 civilians have been killed. but we don't know much more because the assad government has banned independent reporting. but cbs news correspondent charissa ward managed to slip into syria with a camera. tonight, she shows us how the rebels cope with casualties from the street battles that they fight with the syrian army. they cannot show their faces. they risk their lives to talk to us. >> reporter: as an opposition activist, abu ahmed spends a lot of time underground, in the basement of a building on the outskirts of damascus, he let us into a secret passage, carefully camouflaged in a corner. there are boxes stuffed with life-saving supplies. so they are stockpiling all different sorts of medical equipment here. we've got everything from penicillin to surgical gloves and perhaps most ominously, a skin stapler. these pictures, shot by opposition activists, show how day after day, syria's protesters are shot and beaten by president ass
> this is bashar al-ass"bbc wos america." syria's president strikes back. he says he is not responsible for the recent bloodshed. >> i did my best to tell people you should not go guilty would you did your best. you do not feel guilty when you do not kill people. inote ling for oa rev- russia. the recent president said the recent vote should be in a live boy. coming home. we travel to fort hood, texas, where the joye is tinge with sacrifice. withhe joy is tinged sacrifice. welcome to our viewers on pbs, america, and around the globe. during the past nine months the people of syria have taken to the streets in protest against their government, and over 4000 have paid with their life. in rare television interview with barbara walters, the syrian president, bashar al-assad, flatly denied he ordered the use of brutality. instead blaming the violence on others. paul would starts the coverage -- paul woods starts the coverage. >> day after day unarmed syrian protectors have come out to face machine guns, snipers, and army vehicles. the costs so far is 4000 dead mom. . but i
at marseille. syria's president denies ordering his troops to kill anti-government protesters appeared >> more protests and russia following sunday's election. and protests in tripoli again. it is 12:00 a.m. -- it is 12:00 p.m. in singapore. >> it is 4:00 a.m. in london. >> eurozone leaders are heading to marseille on thursday for a crucial two-day summit in brussels. they are gathering for the annual conference of the epp. they want to love the smaller eurozone nations, like ireland who have already expressed doubt. >> they will be heard in the french port of marseille. the u.s. treasury secretary timothy geithner is here at the end of a grand tour of europe. last night, he met with mary. -- with mariano majo. they sent a letter to rompoy. it is a new treaty with penalties to break deficit targets, committing governments to balance budgets. it rejects the half measures of a treaty amendment. also included is a proposal for a financial transaction tax. the british prime tester has vowed he will block any changes that threaten -- the british prime minister has already vowed will block any chang
are the headlines. syria's president denies ordering his troops to kill anti- government protesters. >> under pressure, britain's prime minister fault -- calls for a referendum on europe. vladimir putin is certain he will stand for the presidency. >> this is newsday. ♪ hello, there. we start in syria where president bashar al-assad has insisted he has not ordered the killing of any protesters during his government's brutal crackdown more than 4000 people have lost their lives during a nine-month democracy uprising. in a rare interview, president assad said that any leader who would kill his own people would be crazy. >> the day after day, unarmed syrian protesters come out to use -- to face machine guns, snipers, and armored vehicles. the cost so far is 4000 dead. but in his abc interview, ,assd denies killing his own. >> we do not kill our own. no government in the world kill its people, unless it is led by a crazy person. for me to my became president because of public support. -- for me, i became president because of public support. >> in the city of homms, rashida catalogs her losses. h
news exclusive. barbara walters inside syria, with the only one-on-one with syria's embattled president. >> why is this such a brutal crackdown? >> does he fear civil war? does he sense the circle closing around him? barbara is right here with us tonight. >>> family values. why mitt romney is hoping voters will focus on this image tonight, as the gloves come off, taking aim at the new front-runner. ♪ have you driven a ford >>> that famous question, and our question tonight for the ceo of ford, who turned that c carmaker around. what is the key to bringing america back? >>> kicked off. after alec baldwin booted after that battle, who was right? the famous actor or the flight attendant? >>> and pearl harbor. the image we learned today we will never see again. >>> good evening. diane is on assignment tonight. and we begin here with two major stories this evening. barbara walters and her exclusive one-on-one with syria's embattled president. face-to-face as she asks, why the deadly crackdown? she's right here tonight. >>> but first, another image this evening making headlines. that coach,
on saturday against the alleged election irregularities. >>> syria's president al assad has denied ordering a bloody crackdown on protesters and blamed the violence on security force members. assad made the claim on wednesday in an exclusive interview with u.s. abc news in damascus. >> i did my best to protect the people. do not feel guilty when you feel your best. you feel sorry for the life that has been lost, but you don't feel guilty when you don't kill people. >> assad said he had never ordered his forces to kill citizens adding that every brutal reaction was by an individual, not by an institution. the u.n. says the death toll from the violence in syria has topped 4,000. the u.n. human rights council has adopted a resolution condemning the assad administration for its crackdown on dissidents. meebl, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton on tuesday met syrian opposition figures and praised their struggle to bring democracy to the country. the secretary told them that a democratic transition means more than simply removing the assad regime. >> it means setting syria on the path of the
abducted, tortured, and murdered. syria's strongman, bashar al assad, rules just like his father did, with intimidation and brutality so complete that no one is safe, not even children. before you hear what assad is now saying about 13-year-old hamza al qatib, you need to see what became of this little boy. we should warn you, though, it's tough to take. this is what his body looked like when security forces returned hamza his parents a month after they arrested him during a protest. there are burn marks over his body, scars, signs of beatings. his genitals are mutilated. again, this was a 13-year-old boy taken off the streets, held for nearly a month, defiled, and dumped on his justifiably horrified and terrorized family. i want you to see what bashar al assad said when asked by abc news's barbara walters about hamza. a portion of the interview airing today on "good morning america." >> you have seen these pictures, have you not? >> no, but i -- >> is this news to you? >> no, no, no, it's not news. i met with his father, with the father of that child. and he said that he wasn't tort
on hu -- riots as protestors are cracked down on. syria's president denies ordering a crackdown on protesters. >> europe is working to save the euro. >> germany has added its voice to international concern over election fraud in russia. a spokesman for chancellor angela merkel said the way that sunday's parliamentary election was carried out in some places was worrying. protest over russian prime minister vladimir putin's script on power is a gripping major cities. police have been on the streets in full force to quell anti- kremlin demonstrations. >> a large police presence was sent to the square. they were -- protesters were out in force to protest the recent elections. activists have been organizing themselves on social networking sites. moskow's city authority gave the go-ahead for people to protest. tens of thousands could turn out. >> before, people did not protest against electoral fraud so much. i would like to see those in power deal with this discontent head-on. >> the kremlin is getting increasingly nervous. it is showing weakness. that will provoke more street protes
. >> charlie: matthew dowd on politics and clarissa rd on syria when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> charlie: we began with politics. newt gingrich's surge in the poll has changed the complexion of the republican primary contest within month before the caucus, gingrich rides a wave of momentum some believe can carry him to the nomination. skeptics doubt he has adequate funding and organization to sustain a protractive battle with mitt mitt romney, there are questions about his viability as an opponent against obama. matthew dowd a strategist for george b. bush currently an analt for bloomberg news. i'm pleased to have him back at this table. welcome. >> great to be here, charlie. >>> explain this to me because you are one of those who said before cane cain watch out. >> this has been a series of primaries so four without votes being held so far is t anti-romney coalition that's moved around. first it was michele bachmann, then it was rick perry, bill flounder and herman cain and he floundered. for me watchin
walters asking tough questions of syria's president saying violent crack downs are not his fault. ahead.. >> and sky 7 is giving us a great view in the for ground of golden gate and background, hazy skies and i'll have the forecast coming up. ?t?t?t?t8tpac >>> electric car makers are proud of what is different with cars, big thing being battery that's do the job. >> that difference could prove tricky for first responder who's have to know what to suspect and there is a take a look at a special session tesla had today. >> the new generation of alternative fuel vehicles are safe as gas and diesel, but they're different. it's important to know what is under the hood, what is not this, crowd at tesla isn't just admiring inner workings. and tesla says there is no threat of a explosion. >> there are no threats of leaking material autos like their counter parts, they have safety features designed to cutoff power after a crash. still, first responders say it's important to know where those cables are located in case of a system failure. the industry standard is that they are orange. >> we don't
expressed here. >> syria, al assad denied responsibility for the crackdown in syria. ivan wasson is following the story closely. what reactions are you hearing? >> reporter: delusional, the true meaning of insanity, a mad man in denial of the situation in syria. those are the words that western diplomats, syrian opposition activists and longtime political analysts in syria watchers are using to describe their reaction to bashar al assad's abc news interview. he does have some supporters as he deny is in government rule in the killings that have taken place in march. hezbollah came out forcefully in support of the syrian ally in a public speech on tuesday. erin? >> thank you. now to india, where a pakistani actress says an indian magazine doctored photos of her to look nude. including one that shows her with nothing but the initials of the pakistani intelligence agency, the isi, written on her arm. sara sidner is in pakistan. >> reporter: the actress decided to take a legal action against the magazine because she says they doctored a photo that was on the very front page of the ma
of democratic reform. no one will start changing opinions because mikhael gorbachev expressed here. >> syria, al assad denied responsibility for the crackdown in syria. ivan wasson is following the story closely. what reactions are you hearing? >> reporter: delusional, the true meaning of insanity, a mad man in denial of the situation in syria. those are the words that western diplomats, syrian opposition activists and longtime political analysts in syria watchers are using to describe their reaction to bashar al assad's abc news interview. he does have some supporters as he deny is in government rule in the killings that have taken place in march. hezbollah came out forcefully in support of the syrian ally in a public speech on tuesday. erin? >> thank you. now to india, where a pakistani actress says an indian magazine doctored photos of her to look nude. including one that shows her with nothing but the initials of the pakistani intelligence agency, the isi, written on her arm. sara sidner is in pakistan. >> reporter: the actress decided to take a legal action against the magazine because she
. in recent years, he has been an outspoken critic of vladimir putt putin. >> phil, thank you. now to syria. embattled president assad denied responsibility for the crackdown in syria. ivan watson is covering the story closely. what kinds of reactions are you hearing? weapon delusional, the true meaning of insanity. assad is a madman in complete denial of the situation in syria. erin, those are some of the words that western diplomats, syrian opposition activists and long-time political analysts and syria watchers are using to describe their reaction to assad's abc news interview. of course, he does have some supporters as he denies any government role in the killings that have taken place though since march. the lebanese shiite move came out forcefully in support of its syrian ally in a public speech on tuesday. erin? >> all right. thank you. >>> and now to india. a pakistani actress says an indian magazine doctored photos of her to look nude, including one that shows her with nothing but the initials of the pakistani intelligence agency written on her arm. sarah sidener is in mum buy. wha
news this morning -- syria's embattled leader has sat down for his first major tv interview since the start of the uprising that left thousand of civilians dead. in an exclusive interview with abc's barbara walters he denied ordering the deadly crackdown. abc's alex marquardt has more. >> reporter: for the leader of a country in so much turmoil, syria's president bashir al-assad appears calm, soft-spoken and confident, confident he is doing the right thing for syria where the u.n. says more than 4,000 people have died in the past nine months. in an exclusive interview with abc's barbara walters he distanced himself from the bloodshed. >> do you think that your forces, cracked down too hard? >> they're not my forces. they are military forces that belong to the government. i don't own them. i'm president. i don't own the country. >> reporter: assad did admit mistakes had been made but doesn't feel guilty because he says he is doing his best to protect his people. few journalists have been allowed into syria, most of what the world has seen looks like this. amateur video, cell phone
, they are looking around the neighborhood the banks of the client states, syria, libya, have had bad years. they have missile systems and bobbing united states. things are not going well from their standpoint. no mutuals shots across the bout here. >> this is a different hillary clinton has stood there with sergei lavrov. it is a noticeably different time. >> sure. putin will be reelected president and the united states will have to deal with them. on the other side of the coin, there are areas where they can cooperate. there are strains in the relationship they will have to manage. >> ok. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program -- taking a pilgrimage with photographer annie leibovitz. these guys were closed, at airports were in chaos, and airlines grounded. that was the scene last year with of volcanic ash cloud over europe. now scientists are fighting back. they are going to at net to see just what is being done. when this volcano erupted last year, it looked like the end of the world. in the 10 million passengers affected by a week of canceled fligh
of their client states -- syria, libya, have had bad years. they have concerns about progress of a missile defense system. things are not going well from their standpoint in terms of u.s.-russia relations. you have mutual shots across the bal here. >> this is very different from the hillary clinton who stood there and pushed the reset button with sergei lavrov. this is noticeably different. >> putin will be reelected president and america will have to deal with him. there are areas where the u.s. and russia can continue to operate but there are some strains in the relationship. >> thank you very much for coming in. but rare putin clearly planning on staying around a long time. -- vladimir putin clearly planning on staying around for a long time. robert mugabe is also planning on staying around for a long time. he spoke at the annual congress. he has been in power for the past 31 years. even after a power-sharing deal was struck, there remain serious concerns in the country. >> he still has his fans here, president mugabe's face on almost everything. the man himself our rights to declare that he wo
, with his country in chaos, accusations he killed thousands of his own people the president of syria talks to barbara walters. >>> also the heart of the revolution, cries for freedom are being choked in fear . . >>> check this out. a family in oklahoma opens the front door to find a big gift on the porch. what they don't know is it's their mom inside. sergeant jamie gaines serve was the national guard. she has been in afghanistan for six months. with the help of a local church she pulled off the perfect christmas surprise. >> okay. everybody at the same time we have to open it. >> we wish you a merry christmas. we wish you a merry christmas. > o baby! om my god. >> mommy! . >> the gaines will celebrate early because mom heads back to afghanistan on december the 21st but she is expected to be home for good coming up in march. don't stop hugging. >>> hockey fans here let the fur fly, it's the 7th teddy bear toss. the team wait for the first goal and then throw thousands of stuffed bears on to the ice. they say they collected more than 25,000 stuffed animals and all of them will be given
to stop them early than to stop them late. [applause] on syria, the policy of the nine states should be to replace the assad regime. we should do everything we can call verbally to help the dissident rebel and help them defeat the assad government. it is a dictatorship of very small minority in a country that is largely sunni. it would be a significant blow to iran to lose syria and to lose assad. it is worth the risk. to break up the iranian relationship. >> i am a student at rutgers university in new jersey. i would like to ask about people who have concerns about your elect ability, they tend to focus not on your congressional record but were on the accusations of past ethics violations. how would you answer that in the scheme of its electability? >> i think nancy pelosi has done a lot to answer it in the last few days. the democrats filed 84 charges against me. 83 were dismissed. the only one that arrive was the fact that my lawyers had written a letter inaccurately and i signed it. the democrats refuse to compromise on that. she was one of the three democrats in the process of r
not credible. and the united nations is dismissing assad who called a report of widespread torture in syria, a false allegation. >>> people are digging out after getting blasted by a snowstorm. eight inches of snow fell in parts of pennsylvania, with higher elevations bearing the brunt of it. much of it will melt today, as temperatures warm up. >>> and time, now, for weather from across the country. a blustery day in the northeast, with lingering snow in northern new england. up to half foot of lake-effect snow in michigan's upper peninsula. and snowshowers between nebraska and kansas. meanwhile, cooling down along the gulf coast. and some scattered showers down in florida. >> 74 in miami. 52 in atlanta. 45 here in new york. a biting 13 degrees in fargo. 21 in minneapolis. and 31 in omaha. 40s in the pacific northwest. phoenix gets up to 61. sacramento, 58. and salt lake city, 36. >>> and we are tracking a few developing stories on this thursday morning, including the crash of a tourist helicopter near las vegas. we'll have the details on that. >>> plus, the alarming video of student to the
the operation in libya has restricts us strategically in relation to iran and the mideast, generally? syria? >> i'm not sure i understand the logic of the question. i think, frankly, position, our diplomatic position with iran is what we do or don't do in libya is unlikely to significantly affect it. i don't think that -- i don't think that it affects our position in syria at all. syria is a very different situation. foreign secretaries make it. >> do you think the russian-chinese vetoes on various resolutions. possibly relation by iran. >> i have to say, i think it's a question for the foreign secretary. that has not -- that is not -- that had not occurred to me as logic for the russian-chinese president in syria. >> anyway, i'll leave that with you. >> surely you would accept that -- somebody who spoke and voted in favor of the action that are blatant targeting one side or the other. the russians are chinese are saying once again, we are not going to allow nato to leave because we were given that freedom by the u.n. i don't care what they said, we took it. >> i think we took the side of t
and too hard on our ally, israel. >> he visited egypt, syria -- no, not syria, saudi arabia, iraq, turkey, he even offered to meet with mahmoud ahmadinejad. yet in three years in office he hasn't found the time or interest to visit i israel -- visit israel, our ally, our friend. no, over the last three years president obama has instead chastened israel. >> this one-sided, continuing pressure that says it's always israel's fault no matter how bad the other side is has to stop. >> israel does not need our president demanding gratitude for being the best friend that israel has ever had while his secretary of defense rails that israel get back to the damn table, quote, with the palestinians. >> this torrent of hostility towards israel, it doesn't seem to be coordinated. it doesn't. it seems from my perspective to be a natural expression of this administration's attitude towards israel. megyn: joining me now, michael reagan, chairman of the reagan group and political consultant. michael, thank you for being back with us. so you saw one after the other yesterday of these gop presidential hopefu
, i'm monita rajpal at cnn london, here are the headlines. fighting goes on in syria. an activist group says troops killed 16 people wednesday. meanwhile, president bashar al assad has commented on the crackdown in his country. in an american interview, he says he never authorized the use of anti-government protesters. many in the west are criticizing his comments. >>> the interior ministry says it uncovered a plot to bring someone into the country. the group allegedly planned to forge travel documents for gadhafi and his family. saeed gadhafi's lawyers deny these allegations. >>> it is the latest conviction under the kingdom's strict laws against defaming the highly revered monarchy. >>> two child trafficking rings in china have been busted by police after a six-month investigation. 178 children were rescued in the nationwide operation and 608 people arrested. chinese police say it is the biggest achievement since the launch of a national campaign against human trafficking. those are the head liens from cnn. i'm monita rajpal. "world business today" starts right now. >>> hello fr
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